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BESSIE BELL AND MART GRAY. 127
said, by a young gentleman of Perth, who was in love with them both. The disease was unfortunately communicated to them by their lover, and proved fatal; when, according to custom in cases of the plague, they were not buried in the ordinary parochial place of sepulture, but in a sequestered spot, called the Dronach Haugh, at the foot of a brae of the same name, upon the banks of the River Almond."
O Bessy Bell an' Mary Gray, They were twa bonnie lassies ;
They biggit a house on yon burn-brae, An' theekit it o'er wi' rashes.
They theekit it o'er wi' birk and brume, * They theekit it o'er wi' heather,
Till the pest cam frae the neib'rin town An' streekit them baith thegither.
They were na' buried in Meffen kirk-yard, Amang the rest o' their kin ; »
But they were buried by Dornoch haugh, On the bent before the sun.
Sing, Bessy Bell an' Mary Gray,
They were twa bonnie lasses, Wha' biggit a bower on yon burn-brae, u
An' theekit it o'er wi' thrashes.